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by Drachelis
Mon May 21, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Feel for me
Replies: 18
Views: 2306

Panda - deep breaths - I haven't got the fabric yet - the making is a few weeks away. I will let you know when I am going to cut it out Mind you I have already made a prototype ( in cheaper fabric ) and tried it on her - yes she has lost two inches from the bust measurement I originally took - it is...
by Drachelis
Mon May 21, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Feel for me
Replies: 18
Views: 2306

Feel for me

I have just taken a deep breath and ordered lots of very expensive material for a wedding order 12m satin back silk crepe 7metres of embroidered silk 6 metres of embroidered silk chiffon 5 metres of silk georgette 4 mtres of habutai Bride wants Arwen coronoation gown and underdress wth double layere...
by Drachelis
Wed May 16, 2007 11:59 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: General trading flap
Replies: 11
Views: 1870

Thoughs are with you, Sally I know where you are coming from - all you need is a rogue garment to put the schedule out. Hey I have just hand stitched 40 eyelets to the front of a dress instead of the back ( luckily itds stock not an order) stitched the channels on the wrong side and worked on just t...
by Drachelis
Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gore-y business
Replies: 34
Views: 3289

I just about manage with french seams -I stich one side of the seam up to the point before stitiching the side seam and then treat the other side and the side seam as a single seam - most times it comes right although it can be a swine if you need to unpick. Setting in to an unseamed piece of fabric...
by Drachelis
Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Real Weaves
Replies: 4
Views: 786

Thanks for that,

there are a couple of weaves which correspond to some fabrics that i have and was unsure about.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: ebay
Replies: 9
Views: 717

Oooooooh!!!!!!! Bead work would be good for convalescence - don't have to move much - so thats blackwork, embroidery and beadwork - I feel a rather nice line of belts coming on and posh pin on sleeves. Gowns wil have to wait till I can stand to cut and pin - but I will be imagining al those fantasti...
by Drachelis
Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: size 26 glam medieval dress required
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Have a look at my website -click on the www. at the bottom of this post- I make for larger ladies ( being one myself!!)



Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lining
Replies: 19
Views: 1664

I am going for the controversial here - after X years I am intending to turn my stockpiles of cloth into garments and actually use them. oooh! now that is really radical - I have boxes of non authentic fabric in a barn - I have a whole room of bolts of fabric and shelves full of fabric - not to men...
by Drachelis
Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: World War 2 era women's shoes
Replies: 12
Views: 2035

Thanks for the info Pearl - its very popular because it cures at room temperature too. Interesting about the EU controls - it would be good if they could enforce them - I could wear groovy shoes again ( bit of an Imelda marcos - daughters had a field day when I had to give up all my shoes) PTBPF res...
by Drachelis
Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: World War 2 era women's shoes
Replies: 12
Views: 2035

Jalea you are wonderful!!!!! Some of you may know that I have chronic dermatitis on the soles of my feet brought on by an allergy to PTBPF resin - which is used in shoe glues and neopreens (sp?) post 1970. therefore I am always looking for vintage shoes which do not have the nasties in them. Block h...
by Drachelis
Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 72
Views: 47531

Oh Jackie!, :D threads, needles - authentic and non authentic, embroidery silks/cottons, snips, braids, buttons, hooks and eyes - aiglets, lucetted cord for points ( I can point :roll: you to a wonderful lucetter) buckles, strap ends ( I know some of these are already available from peeps but it wou...
by Drachelis
Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:23 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Getting yourself known
Replies: 10
Views: 2037

Embroidery takes so much time - I know it would be an advantage to have someone whom I could use for my top end garments or I could recommend. What is your web site address?I use ready embroidered silks for some of my gowns but clients sometimes want something specific - if you are coming to the fai...
by Drachelis
Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Supportive gowns"- ??????
Replies: 48
Views: 6181

Looks very much like the beginnings of s stomacher - rather than a complete undergown/kirtle or whatever - I have cheated with houppelandes on occasion by making a little laced camisole to go underneath and show in the V neck - this looks remarkably like that. . Rather than a "fichou" It c...
by Drachelis
Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 72
Views: 47531

John Lewis in Cribbs Causeway, B ristol - has a good haberdashery department. Actually there are wo haberdashery stalls in Carmathen market - I find a lot of stuff there. Eastville market in Bristol has a good haberdashery stall too. We could do with someone else starting up as a haberdashery trader...
by Drachelis
Sun Oct 08, 2006 9:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Supportive gowns"- ??????
Replies: 48
Views: 6181

Well if I lie down the weight of my boobs makes them slip siedeways towards my underarm!!!!!!

I would have to lie there in a bra to kep them pointing upwards - rather defeats the object asbras weren't invented.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Fri Oct 06, 2006 10:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1471 noble ladies dress
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

I will also have some gowns on my stock rail at the NLHF- might just suit her and also give her an idea of what one might look like on.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1471 noble ladies dress
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

Thanks for the votes of confidence guys.

I will be at NLHF with oads of source books that your friend might like to browse through.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hardest bit of kit to make ??
Replies: 62
Views: 7310

- I have no idea, but I did think that they used stiffened linen fabric. Stiffened with?? not sure. Starch from plants in later medieval times would have been possible on mainland Europe. But I expect that there was a glue that could have been used to the same effect here. I believe they would have...
by Drachelis
Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hardest bit of kit to make ??
Replies: 62
Views: 7310

I'll go with the completely hand sewn padded jack that I made for Ming - truly a labour of love ( well the fabric didn't go through the sewing machine I was then using) went to bed with y hands in the air cos they hurt so much. Having said that it has lasted season aftr season and still looks good -...
by Drachelis
Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:08 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cheap silk source?
Replies: 20
Views: 3095

I would agree that Ali sometimes has soe absolute gems. I have picked up some of his historical houses stuff for houppelandes - lovely to work with and looks fabulous made up. I also picked up some super fabric for posh C15 doublets with the puffy sleeves - I managed to get stuff in quite a f ew col...
by Drachelis
Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:43 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval girdle books
Replies: 10
Views: 1481

Lo-o-o-o-o-o-ve the purple velvet one dahling.

Seriously I could see a use for the offcuts of embroiderd silk I have - just compliment a posh frock ( yeah and if I had the time to make one!!!!)

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cheap silk source?
Replies: 20
Views: 3095

- I would have suggested Cheap Fabrics too taffeta is about the same weight as dupion not sure of price on that - I use James Hare and Kandola but they are high end and the prices reflect that. Habutai is cheaper but may not be heaavy enough Do watch e-bay with silk though - so many say slk when the...
by Drachelis
Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: kats-hats web site
Replies: 4
Views: 1062

Great site Kat - somewhere to send clients who want headresses as well.

Cheyl
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by Drachelis
Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 6872

'Medieval Costume in England and France the 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries', Mary G Houston


Fantatic book! I have found it veryuseful - especially for ornament ( embroidery, woven pattrns and such)

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th Century Costume Query
Replies: 26
Views: 2732

I too had a good conversation with Sophia about finishing

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Jul 31, 2006 12:35 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sleeveless Kirtles
Replies: 23
Views: 2342

I think that the dress in the picie is more of a high sided surcoat rather than a kirtle - the openings of a surcoat did vary from hip leel upwards.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:45 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help to find Tewesbury trader I placed an order with
Replies: 3
Views: 1015

I would think that woyuld be Stagman - would it be a "belt like Cheryl's" that you ordered.


Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Jul 17, 2006 12:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Slippy soles
Replies: 16
Views: 2187

Doing the twist on a concrete surface always works for me.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:45 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Excluding and banning traders
Replies: 72
Views: 10685

I do think that thre is a debate for traders to be in costume when in a specifically "authentic traders" pitch - althoug I have no problem with folk who do not wear kit. When we do the authentic trader thing we are part of the show - when we are at a multi period show its nice to have different eras...
by Drachelis
Fri Jul 07, 2006 11:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drool time
Replies: 0
Views: 500

Drool time

Folks have been asking for swatches of pure silk since I put up an embroidered silk 14th century dress on display . so............. I have just taken delivery of swatch books of silk and embroidered silk fabrics for extra posh frocks - I'e just een dribbling because they are so fantastic. So come al...

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